Matt Barnes (pictured), a free agent who spent the last two seasons with the L.A. Lakers and also moonlighted as a VH1 reality TV show star in “Basketball Wives L.A.,” was arrested Monday for a traffic violation and resisting arrest, reports NBC 4.
According to Manhattan Beach, Calif., police, Barnes was allegedly uncooperative and threatened a police officer, when he was stopped by them as he walked along a busy street for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant of driving with a suspended license.
The nine-year NBA vet was cuffed by an officer who knew that there was a $26,000 warrant out on Barnes that had not been settled. When he was taken in to custody, 32-year-old Barnes satisfied the outstanding warrant and also paid the $25,000 bail and was then allowed to leave.
The tough and scrappy Barnes has a rep for getting heated on and off the court. Pretty much known for picking fights and trash talking on the court, Barnes was suspended from a California Pro-Am league during last year’s lockout for allegedly punching an opponent.
Watch Barnes get in to a fight at 2:00 minutes here:
Two years ago, after he was signed to a two-year deal with the L.A. Lakers, Barnes was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Gloria Govan, his then-fiancee and fellow star in “Basketball Wives L.A.,” refuted the serious charges against Barnes and he was ultimately released.
Now Barnes, who averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in the regular season and who, according to NBA analysts, will probably not be resigned with the Lakers, is facing felony charges of resisting arrest and threatening an officer, which can result in jail time.